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Portrait of Russell Branyan

Russell Branyan 1B

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
20 3398 .232 .329 .485 .278 13.8
Birth Date12-19-1975
Height6' 4"
Weight235 lbs
Age42 years, 2 months, 2 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1998 CLE 22 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .214 0.0 -0.0 0.0
1999 CLE 23 11 42 38 4 8 2 0 1 13 3 19 1 0 0 6 0 0 .211 .286 .342 .215 -0.8 1.0 0.0
2000 CLE 24 67 220 193 32 46 7 2 16 105 22 76 4 1 0 38 0 0 .238 .327 .544 .266 4.2 2.1 0.6
2001 CLE 25 113 361 315 48 73 16 2 20 153 38 132 3 5 0 54 1 1 .232 .316 .486 .268 13.2 0.4 1.3
2002 CIN 26 84 255 217 34 53 9 1 16 112 34 86 2 2 0 39 3 1 .244 .349 .516 .291 9.9 1.6 1.2
2002 CLE 26 50 180 161 16 33 4 0 8 61 17 65 0 2 0 17 1 2 .205 .278 .379 .229 -3.4 0.1 -0.3
2003 CIN 27 74 205 176 22 38 12 0 9 77 27 69 1 1 0 26 0 0 .216 .322 .438 .258 3.2 4.9 0.8
2004 MIL 28 51 182 158 21 37 11 1 11 83 20 68 2 2 0 27 1 0 .234 .324 .525 .297 12.6 3.4 1.6
2005 MIL 29 85 242 202 23 52 11 0 12 99 39 80 0 0 1 31 1 0 .257 .378 .490 .294 15.7 -3.8 1.2
2006 SDN 30 27 89 72 14 21 1 0 6 40 15 27 1 1 0 9 0 0 .292 .416 .556 .362 12.5 -0.7 1.1
2006 TBA 30 64 193 169 23 34 10 0 12 80 19 62 2 2 1 27 2 0 .201 .286 .473 .249 2.7 0.6 0.3
2007 PHI 31 7 9 9 2 2 0 0 2 8 0 6 0 0 0 5 0 0 .222 .222 .889 .368 1.3 0.1 0.1
2007 SDN 31 61 146 122 16 24 5 1 7 52 21 48 2 1 0 19 1 0 .197 .322 .426 .278 6.6 -0.6 0.6
2007 SLN 31 21 39 32 4 6 0 0 1 9 7 15 0 0 0 2 0 0 .188 .333 .281 .214 -1.3 1.7 0.0
2008 MIL 32 50 152 132 24 33 8 0 12 77 19 42 0 1 0 20 1 0 .250 .342 .583 .310 13.6 1.8 1.5
2009 SEA 33 116 505 431 64 108 21 1 31 224 58 149 9 6 1 76 2 0 .251 .347 .520 .297 22.4 1.1 2.4
2010 CLE 34 52 190 171 24 45 9 0 10 84 16 49 1 1 1 24 0 0 .263 .328 .491 .287 6.2 2.0 0.9
2010 SEA 34 57 238 205 23 44 10 0 15 99 30 82 2 1 0 33 1 0 .215 .319 .483 .279 5.6 -0.0 0.6
2011 ANA 35 37 77 65 7 12 2 0 4 26 11 21 0 1 0 12 2 0 .185 .299 .400 .257 -0.1 0.4 0.0
2011 ARI 35 31 69 62 4 13 5 0 1 21 7 20 0 0 0 2 0 0 .210 .290 .339 .231 -1.4 -0.3 -0.2
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1994 BNC Rk 55 201 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 CGA A 76 310 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .377 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CGA A 130 552 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .322 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 KIN A+ 0 354 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .335 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 AKR AA 0 167 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .290 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CLE MLB 1 4 .214 .297 .327 .463 .271 .000 102 -0.2 0.1 0 -0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 AKR AA 0 198 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .360 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 CLE MLB 11 42 .215 .272 .341 .423 .261 .389 102 -2.2 1.2 -0.1 1.0 0.3 -0.8 0.0 -0.8 0.0
1999 BUF AAA 0 451 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .292 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 CLE MLB 67 220 .266 .274 .346 .445 .264 .294 99 1.6 6.2 -2.9 2.1 -0.8 4.2 0.6 4.2 0.6
2000 BUF AAA 0 259 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CLE MLB 113 361 .268 .268 .337 .426 .263 .315 102 3.4 9.9 -0.1 0.4 0.1 13.2 1.3 13.2 1.3
2002 CIN MLB 84 255 .291 .258 .328 .411 .258 .316 105 8.3 6.5 -2.1 1.6 -2.8 9.9 1.2 9.9 1.2
2002 CLE MLB 50 180 .229 .272 .334 .436 .268 .278 101 -6 4.8 -1 0.1 -1.2 -3.4 -0.3 -3.4 -0.3
2003 CIN MLB 74 205 .258 .260 .329 .417 .257 .293 102 -0.5 5.4 -1 4.9 -0.6 3.2 0.8 3.2 0.8
2003 LOU AAA 14 59 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .455 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MIL MLB 51 182 .297 .254 .323 .410 .257 .321 92 7.4 5.4 0.6 3.4 -0.8 12.6 1.6 12.6 1.6
2004 BUF AAA 82 366 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .349 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 RIC AAA 11 42 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MIL MLB 85 242 .294 .265 .331 .423 .262 .364 99 8.8 7.0 0.5 -3.8 -0.6 15.7 1.2 15.7 1.2
2005 NAS AAA 6 20 .394 .276 .333 .434 .280 .500 90 2.1 0.4 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1 2.3 0.2 2.3 0.2
2006 SDN MLB 27 89 .362 .263 .325 .416 .256 .375 90 10.2 2.7 0.4 -0.7 -0.8 12.5 1.1 12.5 1.1
2006 TBA MLB 64 193 .249 .270 .336 .438 .259 .227 106 -2.3 5.8 -1.9 0.6 1.0 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2007 PHI MLB 7 9 .368 .254 .322 .397 .250 .000 102 1.1 0.3 0 0.1 0.0 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2007 SDN MLB 61 146 .278 .267 .334 .428 .260 .250 88 2.9 4.3 -0.2 -0.6 -0.4 6.6 0.6 6.6 0.6
2007 SLN MLB 21 39 .214 .267 .333 .418 .254 .312 103 -2 1.2 0 1.7 -0.5 -1.3 0.0 -1.3 0.0
2007 BUF AAA 1 4 -.001 .292 .380 .402 .290 .000 108 -1.2 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2008 MIL MLB 50 152 .310 .260 .326 .422 .260 .266 100 8.1 4.4 0.4 1.8 0.7 13.6 1.5 13.6 1.5
2008 NAS AAA 45 179 .351 .276 .349 .436 .257 .467 106 18.4 5.5 -0.4 4.6 0.9 24.5 2.8 24.5 2.8
2009 SEA MLB 116 505 .297 .265 .330 .421 .260 .300 99 19.7 14.5 -9.3 1.1 -2.5 22.4 2.4 22.4 2.4
2010 CLE MLB 52 190 .287 .258 .322 .410 .257 .310 106 5.2 5.2 -3.2 2.0 -1.0 6.2 0.9 6.2 0.9
2010 SEA MLB 57 238 .279 .259 .321 .406 .253 .266 100 4.6 6.6 -4.2 -0.0 -1.4 5.6 0.6 5.6 0.6
2010 AKR AA 2 8 .184 .269 .323 .399 .258 .333 104 -0.7 0.2 -0.1 -0.2 -0.0 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2010 COH AAA 4 15 .218 .274 .359 .411 .265 .333 117 -0.7 0.5 -0.3 0.0 -0.7 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2011 ANA MLB 37 77 .257 .248 .308 .387 .251 .195 98 -0.2 2.1 -1.1 0.4 -0.8 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2011 ARI MLB 31 69 .231 .252 .321 .392 .260 .293 99 -2 1.9 -0.9 -0.3 -0.3 -1.4 -0.2 -1.4 -0.2
2012 TAM A+ 3 16 .357 .241 .309 .349 .233 .375 109 1.7 0.5 -0.3 0.1 1.0 2.9 0.3 2.9 0.3
2012 SWB AAA 33 137 .349 .268 .339 .409 .260 .333 101 13.8 4.1 -2.6 2.6 -1.5 13.7 1.6 13.7 1.6
2014 COH AAA 4 15 .314 .280 .335 .395 .254 .444 107 0.9 0.4 -0.3 -0.2 0.0 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1994 BNC Rk 201 21 36 10 0 5 13 25 64 4 2 .211 .325 .357 .146 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 CGA A 310 46 71 8 6 19 55 27 120 1 1 .256 .329 .534 .278 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CGA A 552 102 129 20 4 40 106 62 166 7 4 .268 .357 .575 .307 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 KIN A+ 354 59 86 26 2 27 75 52 94 3 1 .290 .404 .663 .374 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 AKR AA 167 26 32 4 0 12 30 28 56 0 0 .234 .371 .526 .292 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CLE MLB 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .214 0.0 -0.0 0.0
1998 AKR AA 198 35 48 11 3 16 46 35 58 1 1 .294 .419 .693 .399 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 CLE MLB 42 4 8 2 0 1 6 3 19 0 0 .211 .286 .342 .132 .215 -0.8 1.0 0.0
1999 BUF AAA 451 51 82 11 1 30 67 52 187 8 3 .208 .306 .468 .261 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 CLE MLB 220 32 46 7 2 16 38 22 76 0 0 .238 .327 .544 .306 .266 4.2 2.1 0.6
2000 BUF AAA 259 46 56 9 2 21 60 28 93 1 1 .245 .332 .576 .332 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CLE MLB 361 48 73 16 2 20 54 38 132 1 1 .232 .316 .486 .254 .268 13.2 0.4 1.3
2002 CIN MLB 255 34 53 9 1 16 39 34 86 3 1 .244 .349 .516 .272 .291 9.9 1.6 1.2
2002 CLE MLB 180 16 33 4 0 8 17 17 65 1 2 .205 .278 .379 .174 .229 -3.4 0.1 -0.3
2003 CIN MLB 205 22 38 12 0 9 26 27 69 0 0 .216 .322 .438 .222 .258 3.2 4.9 0.8
2003 LOU AAA 59 5 16 5 0 1 3 9 15 0 0 .327 .441 .490 .163 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MIL MLB 182 21 37 11 1 11 27 20 68 1 0 .234 .324 .525 .291 .297 12.6 3.4 1.6
2004 BUF AAA 366 58 90 16 2 25 75 42 102 5 2 .288 .381 .591 .304 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 RIC AAA 42 5 5 0 0 1 4 13 11 1 0 .179 .452 .286 .107 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MIL MLB 242 23 52 11 0 12 31 39 80 1 0 .257 .378 .490 .233 .294 15.7 -3.8 1.2
2005 NAS AAA 20 4 5 4 0 1 3 3 8 0 0 .294 .400 .706 .412 .394 2.3 -0.4 0.2
2006 SDN MLB 89 14 21 1 0 6 9 15 27 0 0 .292 .416 .556 .264 .362 12.5 -0.7 1.1
2006 TBA MLB 193 23 34 10 0 12 27 19 62 2 0 .201 .286 .473 .272 .249 2.7 0.6 0.3
2007 PHI MLB 9 2 2 0 0 2 5 0 6 0 0 .222 .222 .889 .667 .368 1.3 0.1 0.1
2007 SDN MLB 146 16 24 5 1 7 19 21 48 1 0 .197 .322 .426 .230 .278 6.6 -0.6 0.6
2007 SLN MLB 39 4 6 0 0 1 2 7 15 0 0 .188 .333 .281 .094 .214 -1.3 1.7 0.0
2007 BUF AAA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.001 -1.1 0.0 -0.1
2008 MIL MLB 152 24 33 8 0 12 20 19 42 1 0 .250 .342 .583 .333 .310 13.6 1.8 1.5
2008 NAS AAA 179 24 55 15 0 12 36 25 49 4 1 .359 .453 .693 .333 .351 24.5 4.6 2.8
2009 SEA MLB 505 64 108 21 1 31 76 58 149 2 0 .251 .347 .520 .269 .297 22.4 1.1 2.4
2010 AKR AA 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 .184 -0.6 -0.2 -0.1
2010 COH AAA 15 1 4 2 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 .286 .333 .429 .143 .218 -1.2 0.0 -0.1
2010 SEA MLB 238 23 44 10 0 15 33 30 82 1 0 .215 .319 .483 .268 .279 5.6 -0.0 0.6
2010 CLE MLB 190 24 45 9 0 10 24 16 49 0 0 .263 .328 .491 .228 .287 6.2 2.0 0.9
2011 ANA MLB 77 7 12 2 0 4 12 11 21 2 0 .185 .299 .400 .215 .257 -0.1 0.4 0.0
2011 ARI MLB 69 4 13 5 0 1 2 7 20 0 0 .210 .290 .339 .129 .231 -1.4 -0.3 -0.2
2012 TAM A+ 16 3 4 1 0 1 1 4 3 0 0 .333 .500 .667 .333 .357 2.9 0.1 0.3
2012 SWB AAA 137 19 34 5 0 11 39 26 31 0 0 .309 .438 .655 .345 .349 13.7 2.6 1.6
2014 COH AAA 15 1 4 1 0 0 3 3 3 0 0 .333 .467 .417 .083 .314 1.1 -0.2 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 529 0.4802 0.5293 0.6679 0.7480 0.3273 0.7684 0.4556 0.3321 191 -0.000067
2009 2017 0.4750 0.4829 0.6417 0.7182 0.2701 0.7297 0.4301 0.3583 796 -0.000429
2010 1714 0.4953 0.4837 0.6502 0.7091 0.2624 0.7409 0.4097 0.3498 691 -0.002822
2011 595 0.4790 0.5076 0.6159 0.7649 0.2710 0.7110 0.3690 0.3841 212 0.000094
Career48550.48320.49130.64440.7240.27370.73560.41820.3556621.4387-0.0012

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-09-16 2010-10-04 DTD 18 16 Low Back Soreness -
2010-07-20 2010-07-27 DTD 7 7 Low Back Stiffness -
2010-07-15 2010-07-19 DTD 4 4 Laceration Falling Table -
2010-07-06 2010-07-06 DTD 0 0 Soreness -
2010-03-26 2010-04-20 15-DL 25 12 Low Back Recovery From Cartilage Injury Herniated Disc -
2010-03-01 2010-03-26 Camp 25 0 Low Back Cartilage Injury Herniated Disc -
2009-08-29 2009-09-30 15-DL 32 28 Low Back Cartilage Injury Herniated Disc -
2009-07-27 2009-07-31 DTD 4 4 Low Back Soreness -
2009-07-16 2009-07-16 DTD 0 0 Low Back Tightness -
2009-06-21 2009-06-23 DTD 2 1 Right Arm Soreness -
2009-04-18 2009-04-24 DTD 6 5 Low Back Spasms -
2009-03-23 2009-03-24 Camp 1 0 Right Lower Leg Contusion Shin -
2009-02-20 2009-02-25 Camp 5 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2008-08-11 2008-09-26 15-DL 46 41 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2007-02-25 2007-02-25 Camp 0 0 Knee Contusion HBP -
2006-09-24 2006-09-24 DTD 0 0 Right Hand Contusion -
2006-03-21 2006-03-28 Camp 7 0 Low Back Spasms -
2005-08-20 2005-08-28 DTD 8 7 Low Back Stiffness -
2005-06-02 2005-07-04 15-DL 32 29 Left Fingers Fracture Middle Finger -
2005-05-21 2005-05-27 DTD 6 5 Right Shoulder Weakness -
2005-04-18 2005-04-23 DTD 5 5 Right Shoulder Inflammation Injection -
2005-04-14 2005-04-16 DTD 2 1 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2005-03-29 2005-03-30 Camp 1 0 General Medical Illness Strep Throat -
2004-08-11 2004-08-12 DTD 1 1 Right Wrist Soreness Calcification Around Tendon -
2004-08-05 2004-08-10 DTD 5 4 Right Wrist Inflammation Calcification Around Tendon -
2003-08-13 2003-08-28 15-DL 15 14 Right Ankle Sprain High Ankle -
2003-08-07 2003-08-07 DTD 0 0 Right Ankle Soreness -
2003-03-18 2003-05-30 60-DL 73 53 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum 2002-12-03
2002-12-03 2002-12-03 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2002-12-03
1999-05-16 1999-08-05 Minors 81 0 Right Wrist Sprain -
1999-04-23 1999-05-11 Minors 18 0 Right Wrist Sprain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 ARI $1,000,000
2010 CLE $1,500,000
2009 SEA $1,400,000
2007 SDN $1,250,000
2006 TBA $800,000
2005 MIL $800,000
2003 CIN $395,000
2002 CLE $251,000
2001 CLE $219,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$7,615,000
10 yrTotal$7,615,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 147 dACES1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 8/29/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 2013
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 2/9/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 2/16/11 (minor-league contract, $1M in majors). Contract selected by Arizona 3/25/11. Released by Arizona 5/21/11. Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 5/26/11.
  • 1 year/$2M (2010), plus 2011 option. Signed as a free agent by Cleveland 2/19/10. 10:$1.5M, 11:$5M mutual option ($0.5M buyout). $1M in performance bonuses for 2010. Acquired by Seattle in trade from Cleveland 6/27/10 (Indians likely to pay 2011 buyout if option is not exercised). Seattle declined 2011 option 11/3/10.
  • 1 year/$1.4M (2009). Signed as a free agent by Seattle 12/3/08. Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 200, 250, 300, 350, 400 PAs. $0.1M for 450 PAs.
  • 1 year (2008). Signed as a free agent 2/20/08 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Milwaukee 5/24/08.
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2006), plus $1.25M 2007 club option. Re-signed 12/05, avoided arbitration (non-guaranteed deal). $0.4M in performance bonuses (games, PAs). Released 1/06 after being DFA. Re-signed (minor-league contract), contract purchased 4/06. SD exercised $1.25M 2007 option 10/06. Released by San Diego 7/28/07. Signed as a free agent 8/7/07 (minor-league contract). Acquired in trade from Philadelphia 8/31/07 after being DFA 8/27/07. Acquired in trade from Cleveland 8/9/07.
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2005). Re-signed 12/04 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year (2004). Signed as a free agent 2/04 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.395M (2003)
  • 1 year/$0.251M (2002)

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 The median length of time Branyan has stayed with a team is 51 major league games, a total he didn't quite reach with the Angels, the 16th club to iron his uniform. Signed to platoon with Mark Trumbo in the wake of Kendrys Morales' second surgery, Branyan arrived just in time to see Trumbo reverse his own platoon split, putting Branyan on the bench for weeks at a time. He started just five games after July 1, and despite a pinch-hit home run off Mariano Rivera and a couple more homers off the bench, he couldn't quite build a cult following in Southern California. He doesn't have much desire left to be a guy who starts five games in three months, so this could be it for the Grand Master of the Three True Outcomes. The longest hitting streak he ever put together in his career was 11 games; the longest striking-out streak was 22 games. That's our boy.
2011 Half a season’s-worth of designated “hitting” by Milton Bradley, Mike Sweeney, Ken Griffey Jr. & Co. convinced the Mariners to reacquire the one that got away, sending a pair of expendable prospects to Cleveland in exchange for Branyan in late June. Given that Mariners designated hitters managed an almost inconceivable .187/.244/.272 line in 423 non-Branyan plate appearances, the lefty’s above-average performance at the plate looked positively Edgar-esque. In addition to his customary bouts with lower back soreness, Branyan found time for multiple furniture-related injuries, succumbing to a hotel table that fell on his toe and suffering a bruised tailbone when his chair slipped out from under him in pizza parlor. Although he struggled to stay healthy, the reigning king of Three True Outcomes walked, struck out, and went yard even more frequently than he had in his first stint in Safeco, handily leading the team in homers despite appearing in only 57 games as a Mariner. Nonetheless, for the second consecutive offseason, the M’s chose to cut him loose.
2010 At 33, Branyan got his first shot at regular playing time since 2002, long after baseball had seemingly dispensed with him as a platoon or reserve player, and a fringe one at that; the Brewers had let him spend a good portion of 2008 at Nashville after all. It was the strikeouts, you see, the strikeouts! Baseball insiders and fans alike obsess over them like an Edger Allan Poe narrator who has just discovered a black cat with a third eye, and in Branyan's case this prevented them from seeing that despite his limitations, he still had something to contribute. Branyan's uppercut swing produces home runs and strikeouts and almost nothing else, but he takes his share of walks and has hit into six fewer double plays in his major-league career than Miguel Tejada hit into in 2009 alone. Injuries have shortened his last two seasons, giving him a total of 657 PAs in 2008-2009, about one full season's-worth. He's hit .250/.346/.535 with 43 home runs, 77 walks, and 191 strikeouts; if you can live with Mark Reynolds (.260/.349/.543 in '09) you can live with Branyan.
2009 The nomadic Three True Outcomes hero passed through the hands of no fewer than four organizations between being released by the Brewers in early 2006 and returning from the wilderness in time to save their season. The Brew Crew was just 23-26 when Branyan arrived from Nashville to assume the long half of a third-base platoon with Bill Hall, and he opened up a can of Whoop-Ass on opposing pitchers, belting 10 homers over his first 20 games as the team went on a 16-7 tear. He cooled off markedly after that, and an oblique strain in mid-August effectively ended his season. In a smart low-cost move as the newly minted Mariners GM, Zduriencik made Branyan his first free-agent signing, paying him $1.4 million on a one-year deal and promising him a shot at Seattle's job at first base.
2008 Russell Branyan continues to bounce around the league playing the corners and delivering the Three True Outcomes in poor proportion. At his current pace, he'll have passed through a third of the organizations in baseball by year's end
2007 Consider calling him a `4C` for the four corner positions where he`ll be used: first, third, right and left. Having being fished out of the bargain bin, the left-handed Branyan probably won`t be used in a true platoon with Kevin Kouzmanoff at third, but he`ll make up for it by getting at-bats at the other three positions. Branyan remains the leader in Three True Outcome percentage since 1969 (min. of 1000 PA) having delivered a homer, walk, or whiff an amazing 52.3 percent of his plate appearances. Rounding out the top ten: Rob Deer 49.1, Adam Dunn 49, Mel Nieves 49, Jim Thome 47.5, Ryan Howard 47.4, Mark Bellhorn 45.7, Mark McGwire 45.6, Bo Jackson 45, and Bobby Estalella 44.3. Ten years ago, the list would have had names like Mickey Tettleton, Sam Horn, and Ken Phelps--you know, DHs. It`s an interesting reflection on how much the game has changed, as the benefits of trying to get your cookie and make it into your meal ticket seem pretty well understood among the beefier set.
2005 All hail the Three True Outcomes™. Branyan stepped to the big league plate 182 times in 2004. In 99 of those plate appearances (54%), the men wearing gloves were irrelevant, as Branyan walked to first, struck out, or launched a souvenir over the outfield wall. In the past 30 years, only Mark McGwire, Jack Clark, and Rob Deer have posted higher TTO percentages in a season with at least 182 plate appearances. As is usually the case with TTO players, Branyan produced a solid season despite a miserable .224 average. In a perfect world, he would go to spring training as the favorite for the third base job, but Milwaukee is nobody's idea of paradise.
2004 Off-season surgery to repair a torn labrum caused Branyan to start the season late and occasionally affected his throwing throughout the year. He is never going to be a star, but his ridiculous power can help a team able to sacrifice some defense and contact at third base. The Reds, with great power in the outfield and lousy infield defense, aren't necessarily that team, and Branyan became a free agent after Cincy non-tendered him.
2003 Bowden’s penchant for monster mashers put Branyan behind the wheel careening down I-71 last June. While Branyan was only too happy to put Indians’ hitting coach Eddie Murray in the rearview mirror, the road to Cincinnati ended in more part-time work. Since Bob Boone likes Branyan’s power off the bench, that’ll be his role in 2003. It’s maddening to see a valuable player underutilized simply because he too frequently carries his own bat back to the dugout after making an out. It makes as much sense as keeping an Esperante parked in the driveway out of fear the paint will get chipped. Branyan underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder last December and is expected to miss all of spring training.
2002 One of the reasons an extreme player, such as Branyan, has difficulty establishing himself is that he requires a manager with extraordinary patience. An all-or-nothing style is going to lead to bad stretches, and 2-for-43 just looks worse when it includes 30 strikeouts, as opposed to eight strikeouts and a bunch of groundouts and pop-ups. The Indians could help Branyan by picking a role for him and sticking with it for a full season. Even a platoon job would allow him to get 400 at-bats without worrying that a bad day will push him to the bench. The moving around—third base, left field, DH—is not helping his development, and he is a player of tremendous potential value.
2001 Russ Branyan gets compared to Dave Kingman for his strikeouts, and like Kong he also has the gift for making himself unloved. Upon his last promotion from Buffalo, a local reporter wrote about how great the move was for the Bisons. Branyan fought with Kenny Lofton in July and has irritated all of his minor-league managers. With Manny Ramirez gone and the Tribe employing a bunch of expensive outfield temps, Branyan will DH if he isn’t added to the list of traded prospects.
2000 Branyan is the ultimate high-stakes batter. Situational hitting? That’s for people who aren’t in scoring position when they come to the plate. Call it nostalgia for Rob Deer, but I really want to see what happens if Branyan gets 500 plate appearances. Sure, he could set a major-league record for strikeouts while struggling to stay above the Mendoza line. He could still pop 30 home runs while playing a solid third base.
1998 A conservative projection of his future marks him as a Dave Kingman clone: massive power, massive strikeouts. Has hit 79 homers the last two seasons, while his glove at third base has improved to the Bobby Bonilla level. Struggled a bit at Double-A. Baseball America named him the top prospect in the Carolina League.
1997 Branyan is very young, very streaky and very raw. He strikes out prodigiously, 286 times in the last two seasons alone. He led all A-ball players with 40 home runs, but Columbus shifted its fences this year, and was a very easy place to mash taters. He’s considered absent-minded on defense, as in he forgets he has to play it.

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2017-04-05 23:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty rebuild (25 man x 20 team) where prospects must be carried on roster. Which of the following acquired assets have highest upside/best chance to be "pillars" for the next championship?? ' Bats: Gallo, Josh Bell, Vlad Jr., Nick Williams, Brad Zimmer, Willy Adames, Mateo, Robles, Ames Rosario, Corey Ray Arms: Bundy, Reyes (post injury), Matt Manning, Sandy Alcantara, Walker Buehler
(Loria's Cousin Fazzie from Milwaukee,, Wi)
In terms of cornerstone ceiling, I'd put Gallo, Vlad Jr., Robles, and Reyes in that category of guys I could see topping out as top-50 players. Maybe Ray too? There's varying degrees of risk baked in there - for instance, Gallo's more likely Russell Branyan than he is Babe Ruth. Vlad Jr.'s like 11 and carries the associated developmental risk, etc. It's a solid collection of talent for a rebuild with a window 3-4 years out. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-10-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Miguel Sano, what is his ceiling. I receive a lot off offers for him but have no clue as to what his true value will be.
(OB1 from Tampa)
I love Miguel Sano. He hit one of the longest home runs I have ever seen live, and it was off a major league arm (Erik Goeddel). As hard as he hits, well everything he actually hits, it's still tough to maintain a 35% K-rate and be a regular, especially if he's going to be a DH going forward. I haven't seen a ton of him post-TJ, but I thought he could handle third in the minors, and he is a better athlete than he looks. The approach and the recognition is the approach and recognition though. How do you feel about a healthier Russell Branyan? (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)The Rangers could use an arm, and the Mariners seem to like one-dimensional hitters. Who says no to a Gallo for Walker trade? Reminiscent of the Montero-Pineda deal?
(Kris from Dallas)
The Mariners. Walker already has the serious upside he has shown in the majors and Gallo still has to prove he's not going to be Russell Branyan 2.0 (that's harsh, but my point is we need to see more). (Mike Gianella)
2015-03-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm a big fan of Hosmer (especially) post-season Hosmer - can we expect an uptick in production in 2015?
(Al from KC)
We've seen enough of Hosmer to know two things: He's very capable of ripping off long stretches where he's very good. Not just three weeks in October, but three months: He hit .321/.379/.509 from July on last year, not counting the postseason, and has had similarly long and strong stretches in the previous seasons. But we also know that we can't *expect* anything from him. He's got 2,400 plate appearances. I know he's young, but not that young and that's a huge number of plate appearances. Russell Branyan only had 3,400 in his whole career. So I'd say he's got at least two All-Star level seasons in him, but it's not like I'd take him in the same round as Anthony Rizzo or anything, because I have no idea which two years those seasons will come in. (Sam Miller)
2014-08-06 16:30:00 (link to chat)Who would you take in a Swingoff between Russell Branyan and Willy Mo Pena
(Mike from Chicago)
There are very few situations in which you don't want Wily Mo Pena on your side. (Cespedes Family BBQ)
2014-07-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see Gallos hit tool playing out? Is he more than just Russell Branyan?
(Thomas from New York)
I see Gallo being far more than Russell Branyan. The hit tool should be at least a 5 and that is saying something. Gallo will be special. (Ryan Parker)
2013-10-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you see James Loney landing?
(yancyeaton from Fort Myers, FL)
Who needs a first baseman would be the question. Tampa Bay is the only team that has been linked to him, but maybe Loney leaves if he can squeeze a two-year deal out of someone. It's a fairly thin market, though, as a lot of teams already have a first baseman tied up to a deal. The White Sox could be players if they don't resign Paul Konerko, and the same could be said for Boston if Mike Napoli walks. Loney is probably a one-year stopgap at best, and it's entirely possible he goes the route of Russell Branyan and doesn't find a taker this winter despite the incredibly strong campaign in 2013. (Mike Gianella)
2012-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)You have to chose to either save Russell Branyan or Mike Napoli from an old timey movie villain. And you have 30 seconds to decide. Go!
(J. Shepard from California)
I really need to see this visually to decide. Go! (Sam Miller)
2011-04-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Chris Davis break out for the team Texas trades him to? Or is he doomed to be a AAAA player?
(jhardman from NC)
If he can just become a bit more selective, he could have Russell Branyan's career. He seems to be just straddling the line between a Branyan, who is redeemable, and a J.R. Phillips, Billy Ashley type, who has great power but just can't make consistent enough contact. I think Davis is redeemable, but that's just instinct. (Steven Goldman)
2010-11-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are the better values of the non- Konerko or Dunn corners of the FA 1B mkt?
(Matt from Chicago)
There's a fair amount of depth there, which is why I've been comfortable recommending second-tier options in both of my GM for a Day articles to date. A bounce-back season from Carlos Pena would be worth buying in for, and plenty of teams could do worse than Russell Branyan. Some lucky buyer might yet get a healthy, resurgent season from Nick Johnson, but at this point, I'd no longer want to bet on it being mine. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Suppose you are the GM for a not-so-good club. Not one of the bottom feeders, but the next tier up (Cubs, KC, Oakland, Florida). Next year's draft is loaded at the top. Do you throw in the towel (start playing the kids,resting the vets, innings limits on young pitchers, longer stays on the DL for the injured) to try and nab a top 5 pick, or do you keep the pedal to the floor?
(Jim from Iowa)
There's some debate right now as to whether current performance and placement in the standings affects attendance and fan interest enough to make that more problematic than useful. Jack Z seems to think it's problematic, which is one reason they traded for Russell Branyan. I'm curious to see how this discussion plays out amongst the analysis community, honestly. (Marc Normandin)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Reportedly the Rangers are now willing to include Smoak. That's the trump card, right?
(Padre Fan Wishing Our Farm was Deeper from SD)
I would think so. Montero's a future DH, and Smoak is fine at first base. Chris Davis is basically a future Russell Branyan though, so I'm not sure what they think they are doing here, unless Cliff Lee is more than a rental. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Re: the Mariners... I just don't see it. I like all the moved they made but it seems like they're still short a bat or two if they want to be a contender. Will all this excitement from the off season be for naught?
(Kyle from Arizona)
When half your lineup features players who are arguably the best defenders in the league at their position according to various metrics, you don't need to worry quite as much about the bats, but having said that, I'd be much more comfortable if they had brought back Russell Branyan instead of getting Casey Kotchman for first base. A lot depends on how well Milton Bradley rebounds - we know the dude can hit if he's healthy. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any free agents left unsigned who could be useful to contending teams?
(garethbluejays1 from Newcastle, UK)
I realize it's a well-kept secret that Johnny Damon is still looking for work. Beyond him, Russell Branyan, Rocco Baldelli, Joe Beimel, Carlos Delgado, Jermaine Dye, Pedro Martinez, Chan Ho Park, John Smoltz, Gary Sheffield and Jarrod Washburn all strike me as players who could help somebody win. Not necessarily by getting 500 PA worth of playing time, mind you, and maybe not getting enough playing time to satisfy their own estimations of their talent. Park can pitch out of my bullpen, but if he wants to start, fuggedaboutit. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Assuming the Giants could even absorb the extra payroll, would Posey & Bumgarner be too much to give up for Cabrera?
(Rob from Oakland)
Yes, especially given the cost, the surrendering of a top-tier catching prospect, and Cabrera's track record of, well, staying out of shape. It would seem to be more in their wheelhouse to revisit those Cain-Fielder discussions and see what comes from that. Given Posey's potential, the question becomes, would you rather have Bengie Molina and Miguel Cabrera or Buster Posey and either Nick Johnson or Russell Branyan? I'd spring for the latter. (Eric Seidman)
2009-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much could the Twins have used someone like Russell Branyan down the stretch (injury complications aside)? Why the heck did the M's not trade a 33 year old at the height of his career value?
(WilliamWilde from Boston)
Twins win, and the best thing about it is, we get to see the next chapter this very same day...

I'll see your Branyan and raise you an Adam Kennedy, both because the Twins could have used him and because of the inexplicable non-trading of a journeyman having a good year. (Steven Goldman)
2009-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat) How long can Russell Branyan put up numbers like this? Seattle basically got a thirty homer guy for nothing, and granted, he's got some major flaws, but he's been one of the club's best hitters and he's real fun to watch.
(Brendan Gawlowski from Bainbridge)
As I understand it, Branyan did a lot of offseason work to improve his vision and his ability to track the ball, which suggests to me that his performance is at least somewhat sustainable. I don't see why he couldn't put up another couple of years similar to this - we've always known he had monster power, and it's nice to see him catch a break. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)John, Have you heard anything on Russell Branyan being dealt? Small sample, but seems like Mike Carp could be ready. If they hold on to Branyan, do you think the M's will give Carp the job next year and DH Russell?
(Richard from Tacoma)
I don't think the Mariners will deal Branyan at this point because they feel they still have a chance to win the division. If they fall off the pace, I could see them trading him later this month or in August. However, it would not surprise me to see your scenario play out where Carp plays first and Branyan DHs next season with Griffey and Sweeney both moving on to retirement. (John Perrotto)
2009-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could Chris Davis end up like a Russell Branyan type? Why not call up Smoak and improve their team right now?
(Gavin from County Ct.)
Sample size.
Wasn't it about two months ago that Davis flew past my bidding limit at Tout? Wasn't it this time last year when people were calling for Davis to be up? (Will Carroll)
2008-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Am I the only one glad to see Dan Johnson getting some action?
(mattidell from SF, CA)
Not at all. Baseball needs more redheads, although technically I guess he's more reddish-blonde. Seriously, though, his bat can play in the right place in the right role, and like guys like Hinske or even Russell Branyan, it's about finding the right spot. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)So at what point do the nay-sayers admit that Jack Cust is "for real" and that he should have gotten a shot years ago?
(Alex from SF, CA)
Good question, Alex, in part because there's still a body of opinion that says he's a one-year wonder (our own Kevin Goldstein, for one), and another that feels he's as much of an outfielder as Kevin Reimer ever was, and a third that thinks he'll be able to do this for another year or two, tops, but that his window's already closing. All of that said, I'd lean towards that latter school; he's more Russell Branyan than Matt Stairs, but he certainly isn't Jim Traber. (Christina Kahrl)


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